Press Release - VIA Streamlines Solution for Call Centres

Demand for a Skype for Business Contact Centre solution which allows businesses to reduce average call handling times, customer waiting times and improve customer satisfaction has led Nottingham-based VIA to further invest in its contact centre offering.

Last year, VIA, the Skype for Business and Unified Communications specialist launched its Contact Centre offering, called VIA Contact Centre, which features intelligent inbound call queuing, real-time wallboards and skills-based routing, determined by a clever in-built algorithm called Smart Agent Selection (SAS).

The current success of the VIA Contact Centre has been accounted to the solution having full unified communication features and being based on Skype for Business. Customers who had wanted a contact centre product based on Skype for Business could not get this from Microsoft directly, so VIA decided to fill a gap in the market.

By Chris Fitton

Now, a year since its launch, VIA is investing in increased product functionality to meet growing demand. New features include wallboards and dashboards to help contact centre agents and supervisors manage the contact centre in real time as well as the ability to look at historical data to see how the contact centre has been performing.

CRM integration for Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics, amongst other CRMs, is also newly-available. This makes dealing with enquiries much quicker, therefore reducing average call handling times for contact centre agents, as customer information is instantly available.

Sales director Alex Tebbs, who co-founded the company in 2012, said: “After many years of working with contact centres and businesses in the customer service sector, we knew there was a demand for a dedicated Skype for Business contact centre solution.

“We are really pleased that we’ve been able to help businesses such as Autovista Group to transform their communication platforms. We’ve a pipeline of new features and are excited to be releasing these to our customers soon.”

Autovista Group – Europe’s leading provider of independent pricing and specification data for the automotive industry - took the step of streamlining its various business communications across 19 global offices by introducing VIA UC and VIA Contact Centre. Now its 800 staff work from one central unified communications system, helping to ensure that the company’s flexible working ethos is practical to implement.

The firm uses the VIA Contact Centre solution specifically for its UK and European inbound call centre agents. Features include secure call and Instant Messaging (IM) recording, visual call queuing, wallboards and supervisor dashboards.

Simon Edwards, head of IT service management at Autovista Group, said: “We identified that we needed to unify our communications across our 19 office locations and after speaking to VIA, we decided that Skype for Business was the ideal solution for us as we could have office staff, as well as contact centre agents, use the same application. Autovista Group’s back office runs on Microsoft Office 365, so to have a Microsoft communication product with Skype for Business that seamlessly integrates with O365 was essential.


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VIA's Alex Tebbs & Autovista's Simon Edwards

“Skype for Business was also indispensable in helping with the deployment of our flexible working strategy. With VIA UC, staff now have the options to work remotely or at different office locations and still feel connected to the rest of their colleagues due to the integrated communication system.

“Now that staff are all on the same system and using wired and wireless headsets, we can clearly see improvements across the offices and we can call or conference at a click of a button without having to go through the hassle of using other applications.”


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About VIA

VIA is the leading company in the Unified Communications market. VIA has grown to be the largest provider of hosted Skype for Business in the UK.

VIA’s main products, VIA UC & VIA Contact Centre, enable organisations to consolidate all their voice, instant messaging, video calls and conferencing into one simple to use system. VIA’s products bring new efficiencies to customers as well as providing cost and efficiency savings.

Based in Nottingham and started by three friends, Alex Tebbs, Eddie Worthington and Gareth Sobocinski, the company has grown from an idea around a kitchen table to a company that is doubling turnover every year and is now on track to make revenues in excess of £3 million.

 

For more information, please contact:

-          Christopher Fitton – VIA’s marketing manager

-          Telephone: 0203 004 5910

-          Email: cfitton@via.co.uk

-          Or visit: via.co.uk for more information

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